The gala evening will be broadcast live by Czech Television and ARTE.
Soloists and guests of the National Theatre Opera
State Opera Chorus, chorus master: Adolf Melichar
State Opera Orchestra, concertmaster: Radovan Šandera
On 5 January 2020, the day marking the 132nd anniversary of its first inauguration, the State Opera, one of the most exquisite theatres in Europe, will be reopened following its reconstruction. The gala concert, bearing the secondary title “The State Opera: Transformations in Time (1888–2018)”, will guide the audience through the illustrious history of its four resident opera companies. The arias, ensembles and overtures selected to be performed at the gala concert symbolise the seminal moments of the State Opera building’s history – world and Czech premieres, exceptional productions, celebrated singers, conductors and stage directors, guest appearances of renowned foreign opera houses – as well as Czech history in general.
Under the baton of Karl-Heinz Steffens, the Music Director of the State Opera, the concert will feature distinguished soloists and foreign guests of the National Theatre, and the State Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Overture
Franz Lehár: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz!, Sou Chong’s aria (Das Land des Lächelns)
Richard Wagner: Dich, teure Halle, Elisabeth’s aria (Tannhäuser)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sola, sola in buio loco, sextet (Don Giovanni)
Alexander Zemlinsky: Interlude from the opera Kleider machen Leute
Leoš Janáček: Co chvíla, Kostelnička’s aria (Jenůfa)
Richard Strauss: Final Trio from the opera Der Rosenkavalier
Bedřich Smetana: Finale from the opera The Brandenburgers in Bohemia
Giacomo Puccini: E lucevan le stelle, Cavaradossi’s aria (Tosca)
Bohuslav Martinů: Mirandolina, Saltarello
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Uzh polnoch blizitsa, Lisa’s aria (The Queen of Spades)
Hans Krása: Casta Diva, scene from the opera Verlobung im Traum
Franz Schreker: ln einem Lande ein bleicher König, the Count’s aria (Der ferne Klang)
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Finale from the opera Fidelio